Brett Favre scandal news was one of many distractions for Minnesota this week. But the Brett Favre scandal could cause more damage down the line if the NFL decides to take action. Their investigation has spawned fears that the quarterback could be suspended if he has violated the league code of conduct. The Vikings can’t afford to lose him for even a minute, even though his play has not helped them during their awful start. In fact, the scandal might have made Favre play worse last night, as the Vikings were brought down once again.
Before last night’s showdown with the Jets, Favre reportedly broke down in front of his teammates, as he apologized for being a distraction. But he has been a major distraction for the Vikings in the last two summers due to retirement speculation. This time, however, the distraction has been more detrimental.
The scandal has left Favre’s short-term future in doubt, after Deadspin posted racy messages and pictures that he allegedly sent to Jenn Sterger. The NFL is looking into that and other rumored indiscretions, as they try to avoid any favoritism.
The best way to erase the negative headlines, or hold them back for a night, was to lead the Vikings to victory over the Jets. Yet that seemed impossible through the first 40 minutes, as the offense could not move the ball at all. Although the Jets’ powerful defense had something to do with it, Favre’s state of mind was also speculated as a cause.
However, things finally started to turn around late, as Favre finally found Randy Moss for a touchdown. He threw his 500th career touchdown pass, and then had a chance to get a win on a two minute drive. Such a script would make Favre’s woes an afterthought for a night, and make the press go back to worshiping him again.
But it was not to be this time, as he threw an interception that was returned for the clinching score. The 29-20 Jets win dropped the Vikings to 1-3, with a very difficult schedule still ahead. For all that has happened this year, the bottom might still not have arrived yet, both on and off the field.
Even if the NFL does not suspend Favre and end his consecutive start streak, his public image has taken its biggest hit yet. It barely survived his endless indecision every summer, but having this consume his “final season” would be even worse.
The scandal has made Favre’s life difficult off the field, but he doesn’t seem capable of overshadowing it on the field right now. He had a golden chance last night, yet he and the struggling Vikings could not take advantage.
As the scandal grows, Favre and the Vikings pray it won’t get worse this week, as they try to start salvaging their season against the Cowboys.
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